Kjetil Jansrud fastest in second training
After a first successful training day on the “Mens Olympic Downhill Run” course in Lake Louise (CAN), the athletes were eager to do some adjustments in the second official training staged today, in order to get closer to the perfect run they hope to lay down this week-end.
Kjetil Jansrud could built up on yesterday’s performance (he ended 2nd of the first training) and put down the fastest of the day. “Everything seems to be working fine. I don’t have the best feelings actually up there in the training run. But then again the speeds are higher than the last one and also a little more rally under the foot – there are some ruts in there, so it doesn’t feel too good, but I’m glad I’m fast and we’ll see how it goes”, says the Norwegian speed king 2014/15.
Already in the Top 10 yesterday (9th, 2.12 sec behind the best time), Travis Ganong could climb up to the 2nd position in today’s result list. The American racer is very happy about the course: “It’s the best conditions I’ve ever seen up here. They had a lot more snow early season than normal, so they were able to build all this terrain and just make the track really fun to ski. Normally they barely get it off and just cover the grass but now there’s so much snow that they can build rollers and make the snow really firm and hard and it makes it really fun to ski. It’s a totally different Lake Louise than in the last years.” This may be a good sign for him, since his best result in Lake Louise is the 10th position in downhill he reached last season.
Yesterday's training proved to be rough for the Austrian ski team, but today, they claim two top positions with Max Franz (3rd, +0.23) and Matthias Mayer (4th, +0.50). Max Franz, who achieved his best career result in Lake Louise last year (2nd of the downhill), explains the difference between the two trainings: “Yesterday, my inspection was not so good and I misjudged some sections. We watched the video and I could adapt my line in those sections today, be more aggressive and more active.” The Austrian even sees potential improvements for the next days: “I did a little mistake at the entrance of the fall away, I was a little late, skied more meters than necessary, so I couldn’t carry as much speed as I wanted for the last section.” So we should keep him on the short list for a podium spot this week-end.
Tomorrow Friday November 27 will be the last chance for the speed guys to test the course, before the showdown of the week-end. Saturday’s downhill is scheduled to start at 11.30 local time (19.30 CET) and Sunday’s super-g will start at 11.00 local time (19.00 CET).
Full results of today's training here.